I am horrible at resolutions. They are just not my thing.
However, I love goals. When I rejoined the working world I learned to refine my goal setting with making S.M.A.R.T. goals. This acronym stands for goals that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic and Timely.
While I should be setting some goals in the realm of health and fitness; I’m starting the year with some more attainable goals: reading goals.
I like a good challenge, and Goodreads emailed me to set my reading goals this year, inviting me to take part in the 2015 reading challenge. I would love to think that I would read 200 books in a year, like some of my friends,.–but unless that includes reading Llama Llama Red Pajama out loud 200 times this year, I’m afraid that goal would not be attainable.
Something I love even more than SMART goals is a well-crafted checklist. So when I came across this Facebook Reading Challenge, with a handy-dandy checklist, I was able to truly begin setting my reading goals for the year.
I started with an easy book– “A book you can finish in a day”. I had just picked up The Color of Ordinary Timelast week, and took advantage of a quiet Sunday afternoon to devour it. It was an enjoyable read. I am currently working on “A book with more than 500 pages” by reading/listening to The Signature of All Things: A Novel. As a busy mom, I totally say that audio books count! (especially for the longer books!)
If you are the proud owner of a library card, may I introduce you to one of my favorite apps? I use Overdrive to check out eBooks and audiobooks from my local public library. You can check out books for up to 21 days and then they are automatically “returned”–so no late fees!
Some of the other books I am planning to
devour read this year are:
- Emma (A Classic Romance)
- The Giver (Giver Quartet, Book 1) (A book that became a movie)–Can you believe I have never read this?
- Miramont’s Ghost (A book published this year)
- A Widow for One Year: A Novel(A book with a number in the title)
- Bossypants (A funny book)
That is a pretty good start for now! I have plenty on my to-read list! Join me over at Goodreads and we can keep up with our reading goals!
Chime in! What are your reading goals for 2015. What books do you look forward to reading?